There are a number of reasons why graduate students might consider pursuing their degree online. In light of the uncertainty created by the COVID-19 pandemic, more and more students are considering the benefits of online education. Plus, many graduate students are working adults looking to make a change or advance in their careers. Online education offers them the flexibility to balance life’s obligations while earning their degree.
If you fit any of these categories, and you’re weighing the pros and cons of an online Nutrition degree, read on. Here, we will answer common questions about earning a master’s in Nutrition online at University of Bridgeport.
1. What types of online Nutrition programs are available?
At University of Bridgeport, graduate students can pursue an online Master’s in Nutrition. More broadly, however, online Nutrition degree programs may be found at the bachelor’s, master’s, and doctorate level.
2. Is an online Nutrition degree as valuable and comprehensive as an in-person program?
An online Nutrition degree provides students with a comprehensive education that prepares them for a career as a credentialed Certified Nutrition Specialist (CNS). At UB, the online program’s Virtual Clinic is eligible for 255 hours towards the supervised experience requirements for the CNS credential. Additionally, the online MS capstone course, Virtual Clinic, offers graduate students real case studies and clinical management experience that can be applied to their future careers.
3. How do online and on-campus programs differ?
On-campus programs offer students a more traditional way of earning their degrees. This means in-person instruction, as well as all accompanying facility fees. Online programs offer students a less expensive option (i.e. online-only students don’t need to pay parking fees, facility charges, or pay for on-campus housing). Additionally, online programs offer students the ability to take their coursework whenever and wherever they want, making this degree option ideal for working adults and/or parents.
4. What will I study in an online Nutrition program?
Online Nutrition degree programs provide students with the same rigorous coursework that an in-person program does. At University of Bridgeport, for example, students in the Nutrition MS program are expected to complete nine credits of graduate-level prerequisites, which can be completed in one term. These classes include Anatomy & Physiology, Intro to Biochemistry, and Nutrition Fundamentals. In addition to these prerequisites, students must complete the following coursework:
- Pathophysiologic Basis of Metabolic Diseases
- Evidence-Based Nutrition
- Biochemistry of Nutrition
- Assessment of Nutritional Status
- Vitamins and Minerals
- Lifelong Healing w/Food
- Clinical Biochemistry
- Developmental Nutrition
- Nutritional Therapeutics
In addition, students must complete a Virtual Clinic as well as a Comprehensive Exam. Learn more about the online Nutrition curriculum here.
5. What are the advantages of an online Nutrition program?
An online program provides students with a level of flexibility that in-person programs simply can’t offer. Students can take their classes from wherever they’d like, access study materials online, and reach their professors virtually. They do not need to spend time or plan their schedules around getting to class. Additionally, an online Nutrition program can typically be completed more expeditiously than an in-person program. Lastly, online programs can offer students a more affordable alternative to traditional degree programs. Online programs negate the need for parking passes, on-campus housing, and facility fees.
6. Do I need to be physically present for anything?
All courses in the online MS of Nutrition can be completed online. The final, comprehensive exam can also be taken online. After graduation, students will need to complete supervised training hours, in person.
7. How long does it take to complete an online Nutrition MS?
A standard master’s degree can take at least two years to complete. The online Nutrition MS at University of Bridgeport can be completed in as few as 23 months.
8. Is online education right for me?
Before enrolling in an online degree program, you should definitely consider whether this format of learning is right for you. If you need the flexibility to earn your degree while working or raising a family, an online program is a perfect option. However, before matriculating into an online graduate program, you should ask yourself if you need the in-person lecture environment to thrive. Remember that many online programs give access to lecture materials, slide decks, study resources, and discussion boards, 24/7. This provides students the ability to study however and whenever they’d like. However, unless they’re hybrid in nature, online programs will not include a classroom environment, which some students prefer.
9. Is Financial Aid available?
Access to financial aid can vary depending on graduate programs. At University of Bridgeport, the Financial Aid department is committed to helping students navigate the financial aid process. Graduate students are eligible for Resident and Community Assistantship jobs, which compensate with a scholarship that covers room and board. Additionally, graduate students can apply for Graduate Assistantships, which are compensated in a combination of scholarships and stipends.
10. What should I look for in an online Nutrition degree?
The most important qualities to look for in an online Nutrition program include accreditation, financial aid, and student support services. Make sure that your school offers their online students financial, academic, and career support, just the same as their traditional students. Additionally, accreditation guarantees that you will receive a high-quality education.
Online programs aren’t for everyone. However, if you’re looking for flexibility and a high-value degree program, an online master’s degree in Nutrition is a great investment.
Is a Master of Science in Nutrition in your future? Contact the Admissions Office at University of Bridgeport to find out more about our online Master’s in Nutrition program!